New Delhi: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Saturday said star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has got his UK visa for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which will allow him to travel to the United States for training ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
The CWG will be held in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8.Since he will go for the CWG directly from his training base in the United States, it would have been difficult for Bajrang to complete the UK visa formalities later.
Now that he has got his UK visa, Bajrang can train in the US without any worries. The SAI said in a release, “The Sports Ministry, through the Ministry of External Affairs, got in touch with the British High Commission to seek the UK visa for Bajrang.”
The Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist was supposed to go to the University of Michigan in the US for training ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games last month but had to stay in India due to delays in getting her UK visa. According to the information, On several occasions, the Ministry of External Affairs has helped the Sports Ministry in obtaining visas for athletes traveling abroad for competition and training ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Bajrang, 29-year-old and fellow wrestler Deepak Punia will now leave for the US from India this weekend. They will train at the University of Michigan until July 30, after which both will leave for Birmingham. The Lakshya Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) of the Sports Ministry has facilitated exposure trips.
The training stint in the United States will be instrumental in preparing for the CWG and other upcoming major competitions such as the Wrestling World Championship, which is scheduled to take place in Belgrade in September. A total of 111 overseas appearances in various sports have been funded by the Ministry of Sports since the Tokyo Olympics, led by the CWG.